School of Theatre and Dance

Photo from Abnormal Scott Miesse, who graduated in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, is working to bring his play Abnormal Off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. The play made its New York City debut on October 6 in a staged reading at Shetler Studios Penthouse 1. The reading also featured Musical Theatre alumna Abbey Kane. Abnormal was originally performed as...

Porthouse Theatre Collage Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Season with "Anything Goes," "Next to Normal," and "Oklahoma!". Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, "Anything Goes" opens June 15 and runs through...

Jeff Richmond and Tee Boyich When new musical "Mean Girls" makes its debut at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31, it will include two Kent State University alumni amongst its company: composer Jeff Richmond and cast member Tee Boyich. Following its run in Washington, D.C., Mean Girls will open on Broadway in March 2018. The musical, based on the hit 2004...

Jakyung Seo Faculty member Jakyung Seo is a recipient of Kent State University's 2017 President's Excellence Award. The award, established in 2015, recognizes faculty excellence on a national and international level.  Professor Seo is an associate professor of lighting design and is the coordinator of the School of Theatre and Dance's Design and Technology...

Little Women Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with "Little Women: The Broadway Musical." The production is directed by professor and Porthouse Theatre producing artistic director Terri Kent and runs Fri., Nov. 3 through Sun., Nov. 12 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Roe Green...

Dylan Ratell School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell, who graduated in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, is appearing on Season 7 of Sweden's reality television program "Allt För Sverige" (The Great Swedish Adventure). The program, airing Sunday nights on Sweden's SVT television station, is a competition that brings 10 Americans of Swedish...

Fabio Polanco Associate professor Fabio Polanco performs this weekend in The Musical Theater Project's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin': The Impact of OKLAHOMA" at the Stocker Arts Center and PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre. The multi-media concert is a celebration of the iconic musical on the eve of its 75th anniversary. Performances are Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:00...

Assistant professor Gregory King Assistant professor of dance Gregory King has been appointed to the staff of The International Association of Blacks in Dance. He will serve as the Creative Communications Coordinator. King's appointment coincides with the association's administrative expansion in advance of its 30th anniversary. Read the Press Release The International...

Kent Dance Ensemble welcomes guest artist Jamal White The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome its first guest artist of the 2017-2018 season, Jamal White, September 9-12.  While in residence at the School of Theatre and Dance, White will set a piece on the Kent Dance Ensemble. About Jamal White: Jamal White (Birmingham, AL) was raised in Atlanta, GA...

Kent Dance Ensemble hosts Broadway Voices Benefit The Kent Dance Ensemble, Kent State University's pre-professional dance company, will host "Broadway Voices," a concert benefitting the Ensemble, on Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature appearances by some of Broadway's most talented performers, including Marcus Paul James, Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Sophia Nicole, and Cinda Ramseur. ...